Lincoln’s Strategy, George III, Letters Head to Auction

NEW YORK (AP) -

A large collection of historical letters and first edition manuscripts will be offered in an online auction. Profiles in History’s Dec. 19 sale features over 200 lots.

They include letters from Gen. Douglas MacArthur to his wife. There’s also a letter in which Abraham Lincoln discusses his political strategy four years before becoming president. Each is estimated to bring $30,000 to $50,000.

Other highlights include a manuscript signed by Founding Father Thomas Paine, who authored the pamphlet “Common Sense,” and letters by England’s King George III, against whose rule the American revolutionaries fought.

Each has a pre-sale estimate of $40,000 to $60,000.

William Shakespeare’s First Folio edition of The Tempest and Two Gentlemen of Verona could fetch $15,000 to $25,000.

The seller is an anonymous American collector. Other items from the collection sold this year and last.